Jerry Bridges, President and CEO of an Oakland based company, Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS), is one of the foremost experienced individual in Maritime Transportation and Operations. With over 30 years of expertise recognized across the United States and internationally, he is one of the few key industry players to lead both West Coast and East Coast Port Authorities.
During his 19 years of being an Oakland resident, Mr. Bridges was the Port of Oakland Executive Director and elevated the Oakland Port to be among the top 4 in the country. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Bridges led the Port of Virginia and brought much success to the Virginia Port.
Shortly after, Mr. Bridges accepted to lead a $250 Million investment interest in Oakland to develop and build a new innovative multi-commodity bulk terminal. Similar to his first 19 year tenure in Oakland, Mr. Bridges always prioritized optimizing the local community’s benefits and being an effective steward of environmental conservation. With this project, Mr. Bridges feels honored to use the new terminal as an opportunity to not only expand Oakland’s success as a global player in the maritime industry, but also benefit the Oakland residents and communities.
Mr. Bridges is a former Marine Corps Officer and has numerous accolades within Oakland, nationally and internationally for good corporate citizenship.
Omar R. Benjamin is the Senior Vice President of Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS) and has over 25 years of international public and private sector experience in investment, development and management of over $3 billion of trade & logistics, infrastructure, commercial real estate, mixed-use and waterfront real estate.
Mr. Benjamin has served as Chief Operating Officer for Al Anwa USA Inc. and Newfield Enterprises International where he was responsible for investment, development and business operations. He also spent four years as an investment manager for The First Investment Capital Corporation in Paris, France. Starting in 1998, he served 14 years as the Executive Director and the Director of Commercial Real Estate at the Port of Oakland. Following his tenure at the Port and prior to joining TLS, he established ORB Advisory Group, a firm that provides consulting and advisory services to developers and entities in the real estate, infrastructure and trade & logistics sectors.
In addition to his extensive experience and expertise in real estate and trade & logistics industries, Mr. Benjamin also served on a number of Boards, Commissions and Organizations including the California Association of Port Authorities, California Commission for Economic Development, American Association of Port Authorities, Urban Land Institute Public Development and Infrastructure Council, Bay Area Council, Paramount Theatre of the Arts and the Oakland Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Benjamin holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State University of Hayward.